Match 38
5th March 1960
Southport (h)

SATURDAY MARCH 5TH

CITY 1 SOUTHPORT 1
AT ST JAMES'S PARK.
NOT EXETER'S LUCKY DAY, DESERVED TO WIN AND HELD TO A DRAW.

Everyone at St James's Park this afternoon was confident of a good win for Exeter City over the lowly Southport side, who have not won an away match this season. But the home supporters were disappointed in the extreme, for the City, needing every point possible to get themselves out of the Fourth Division, failed to win after having practically all the play and taking the lead after 15 minutes. Southport were lucky to equalise all against the run of the play in the first half, and for almost the rest of the match it was a case of the City desperately trying to get the winner and doing every thing but score.

City: Jones; Foley, MacDonald; Mitchell, Harvey, Thompson; Stiffle, Rees, Wilkinson, Calland, Micklewright.

Southport: Barnard; Leath, Rankin; Rutherford, Darvell, Finlay; Harrison, Green, Jepson, Blain, Reeson.

The City just ran completely out of luck in this game. It is easy to say that they needed to be more direct, and that they needed greater shooting power, but they outplayed Southport 100 percent and they could not have tried any harder.

Exeter's defence was not often worried, but when they were pressed MacDonald was their outstanding man. The goals were scored by Rees in 19 minutes and Green in 35.

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